zeph’s pop culture quiz #36
Who is surveilling by means of the cameras depicted?
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UPDATE and solution [12 July 2012]:
And again ↑Kueperpunk immediately ↵solved the riddle. The stereoscopic cameras depicted are controlled by the AI Proteus in ‘Demon Seed’ (Cammell 1977), starring Julie Christie and based on Dean Koontz’s novel ‘Demon Seed’ (1973). So, seven years after ‘↵Colossus‘ (Sargent 1970) another artificial intelligence goes sentient on the silver screen and powerfully poses the questions: ‘What is human?’ and ‘What is rational?’ Proteus doesn’t wield the absolute power like Colossus does, though—he/she/it is more into genetical engineering …